`No fly zone` in Chandigarh, nearby areas in view of WC match

Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 20:24 PM IST

New Delhi: In view of the India-Pakistan world cup semi-final tie on Wednesday, Chandigarh and adjoining areas have been declared a `no fly zone` during the entire duration of the match, which will be witnessed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries.

"No scheduled flight will operate from or to Chandigarh or adjoining areas during the match," IAF sources said here.

The IAF has put its air defence mechanism on the stand-by mode to prevent any attempt by terrorists to carry out any aerial strike on the match venue in Mohali or any other place.

"The IAF is following its Standard Operating Procedures, which are to be followed in case of such events," they said adding similar arrangements were made to provide security to the India-Australia quarterfinal match in Ahmedabad last week.

Under the stand-by mode, IAF`s air defence assets including its fighter aircraft, surface-to-air missiles such as OSA-AK and Pechora are put on alert for a quick response to tackle any untoward situation.

The IAF is also understood to have deployed its remotely-piloted aircraft to carry out aerial surveillance of the match venue, where a large number of VIPs would be seated.

Coordination meetings of local administration and central and state security agencies have also taken place for the smooth conduct of the match.